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Kelsie is from southwest Missouri and grew up on a 150-acre farm helping her family buy and sell horses and cattle. She credits FFA for finding her passion for agriculture and food issues and desiring a career as an “agvocate.” Since coming to Cornell, she has gained interest in local production, global food issues, and environmental impacts of and on agriculture. She joined the Cornell Small Farms Program in May of 2018 and is excited to gain experience to complement coursework in the Agricultural Sciences major and Communication major.

Wolftree Farm

By Kelsie Raucher / June 21, 2018

About the Farm Wolftree Farm is in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region on the slopes between the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and Finger Lakes National Forest. The 92 acres are a mixture of field, forest, and stream. They are a diverse operation producing meat and fiber from Icelandic sheep, honey from their apiary…

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Logo for Northeast SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education

Webinar to Assist with Sustainable Ag. Research and Education (SARE) Preproposals

By Kelsie Raucher / June 19, 2018

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) application system is now open to preproposals for three large grant programs: Research & Education, Professional Development, and Research for Novel Approaches. Preproposals are brief preliminary concept documents due by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 10, 2018.  Acceptable budgets range from $30k to upwards of $200k. View this webinar recording to learn more about these grant programs,…

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Brand New Videos to Train New Dairy Workers

By Kelsie Raucher / June 18, 2018

The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) is promoting a series of on-boarding safety training videos for new dairy workers. These free videos were created by the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health & Safety (HICAHS) and are a valuable resource for dairy farmers looking to train new workers quickly and…

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New York State Winery? Sign up for Winery Benchmarks Program

By Kelsie Raucher / June 14, 2018

The sign-up period for Farm Credit East’s annual Winery Benchmarks program is now open! The Winery Benchmarks is a unique program for Northeast wineries to measure their businesses against wine industry peers. The program is now accepting registrations for the 2018 benchmark. The program offers participants two report options: the Management Review report or an Executive…

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Dairy Farmer? Watch out for the alfalfa snout beetle.

By Kelsie Raucher / June 9, 2018

Untreated, alfalfa snout beetle is costing Northern New York farmers with 100-cow dairies between $30,000 to $60,000 per year every year, depending on the size of the pest infestation and the speed of alfalfa stand loss. The pest has been identified in nine New York State counties: Cayuga, Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, St.…

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Nearly 1,000 Participate in Chautauqua County Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 52nd Annual Field Day

By Kelsie Raucher / June 6, 2018

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program held Conservation Field Days on May 23rd and 24th at the Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center on Route 430 in Bemus Point. 4-H welcomed nearly 1,000 area fifth graders from 19 schools. Youth visited seven of 32 stations ranging from bluebirds to fly fishing, map and…

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Want to Improve Quality of Dairy Forage? Add Meadow Fescue to Crop Mix

By Kelsie Raucher / May 31, 2018

The spring harvest of alfalfa-grass mixes may account for up to half of the total forage yield of those crops for dairy farmers. The results of alfalfa-grass research funded by the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program may suggest a new option for dairy farmers looking to enhance forage production. The report is posted…

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